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How is the Prophet Daniel Recognized In Islam


The Bible tells the story of Daniel in the lion's den.  Is there a similar story in the Koran or within or Islamic scriptures?

Daniel Herr
Saudi Arabia

Question from Saudi Arabia

The Prophet Daniel is not mentioned in the Qur'an.


Moiz Amjad
September 3, 2001

A Follow-up Question

I recently asked if Daniel was mentioned in the Koran, and you responded that he is not.  While I referred to him as Daniel, your reply referred to him as 'The Prophet Daniel'. If Daniel (PBUH) is considered a prophet in Islam, what is the basis for this if there is no mention of him in the Koran?

Thank you for your prompt reply to my earlier question.


Daniel Herr
Saudi Arabia


The Qur'an has, generally, confirmed that the books of the Torah and the Prophets were, in fact, revealed by God. In view of this general confirmation of the Qur'an, the Muslims do not reject the prophethood of the prophets mentioned in the Old Testament.

Daniel is, thus, referred to as a prophet, based upon the information entailed in the Old Testament, which is not expressly refuted by the Qur'an.

I hope this helps.


Moiz Amjad
September 5, 2001


Answer published by Moiz Amjad